“Life’s joys are joys only if they can be shared. Even more, joys multiply when they can be shared with honor and purpose. That is what makes the walk with God so beautiful. It is the ultimate form of sharing and the ultimate imperative to share.”
Sustaining Her was created as a place to write about what God was teaching me, but I realized keeping it to myself was pointless, selfish, and lacked complete satisfaction because nothing wonderful and worthwhile in life goes unshared. You know when you get awesome news but you have no one to tell? Or see the best sunrise or sunset or mountainscape and have no one to share it with? A committed relationships with Jesus is like this but comes with an immeasurably stronger proclivity to share. The prophet Jeremiah described this desire well, "But if I say I'll never mention the Lord or speak His name, His word burns in my heart like a fire. It's like fire in my bones! I am worn out trying to hold it in!" (Jeremiah 20:9). The time has come to pursue this form of sharing in a way God has been calling me to and stop being disobedient out of fear and procrastination.
In our comfort, complacency, and egocentric mindset we have the tendency to hear the word of God and do nothing in response. We are dangerously self-satisfied. Whether our devotion remains complacent or committed is in our hands. As Francis Chan said, we must be cautious of growing fat in knowledge and not acting on that knowledge. Since God is searching the earth looking for those who are committed to Him, and wanting to strengthen, empower, and use them (2 Chronicles 16:9), we can be assured He will meet us in our desire to know Him when we take action.
To be quite honest, public sharing is frightening to me. I'm a private person and this is a step of faith. Its obedience out of my comfort zone and out of my safety net. Its conquering fears that have paralyzed me in the past: fear of rejection, fear of being known fully, fear of criticism, fear of failure, etc. But God has been rebuilding my back bone these last several months in preparation. He reminds me constantly that we live by faith not by feelings and thus never by fear. If we trusted in our feelings and human reasoning we would never grow. If we trust in our faith in Him, the possibilities are endless.
I've learned the greatest intimacy is paved with vulnerability. If we are too afraid to be raw, honest, weak, and vulnerable, we are much more concerned with our image than His. Our focus should be completely on His image, not ours. Anything we try to do to make ourselves look better to the world, any sin or weakness we try to hide, and any time we attempt to bring recognition to our efforts instead of His sovereign provision and power, we are robbing His glory. Full focus on God takes away our shame because our weakness passed through Him is power. Our brokenness in His hands yields His glory. I love how He uses our bad for good (Genesis 50:20, Romans 8:28)! As the Bible says, " 'My grace is all you need. My power works best in weakness.' So now I am glad to boast about my weaknesses, so that the power of Christ can work through me" (2 Corinthians 12:9). To be fully vulnerable and to fully glorify God, we must break down any need to appear a certain way by our own efforts.
If our heart really is deeply rooted in and surrendered to Jesus, we will naturally radiate Him. There is no need to strain to voice over others or be sure everyone sees our qualifications. Through pride we often try covering our own shame, weakness, sins, and unworthiness. But John 3:30 reminds us that, "He must increase, I must decrease." Jesus is the only one who can cover us. He did this on the cross. Not one person on the face of the Earth by his own efforts can make himself worthy. The ONLY thing that makes us worthy to God is Jesus taking our place (Ephesians 2:8). Jesus doesn't automatically do this for us. It is a conscious, life-surrendering and life-altering decision to trust our lives to Him.
I desperately want people to discover freedom and walk in their purpose and potential through a committed relationship with Jesus. I desperately want people to know His word, His grace, His mercy, His promises, His faithfulness, and His love. I desperately want people to experience the God who sustains me every day. And I desperately want to share this God with the world.
After all, we have the ultimate form of sharing and the ultimate imperative to share.
“Pay attention to my words, incline your ear to what I say. Don’t let them depart from your sight. Keep them in the midst of your heart. For they are life to those who find them and health to all their body. Watch over your heart with all diligence, for from it flows the spring of life.” – Proverbs 4:20-23